No other company offers all this!
Aventuras Patagonicas is able to raise the standards of their trips again offering high quality in all aspects!
Professional mountain guides
Lead Guides are Professionals with numerous years of experience on the Mountain. Assistant Guides will be Canadian or American Professional Mountain Guides, as well as some local Guides.
Low guide to client ratio
Guide to Client ratio of 1:3 for our non-technical routes, 3 and often 4 guides per nine clients. A 1:2 ratio for our Polish Glacier Expedition, 2 guides per 4 clients for this technical climb.
- 2 nights hotel accommodation in Mendoza at the Mendoza Park Hyatt Hotel (five star). 1 night at the beginning of the expedition and 1 night at the end of the expedition. Breakfast buffet included.
- 1 night hotel accommodation with breakfast and dinner in Penitentes, on the way to the mountain
All land transportation. Deluxe private transportation to and from Penitentes.
AIRPORT PICK UP
Grajales mules and cowboys, the most reliable mule operator on the mountain. Unlimited weight allowed to Base Camp. Mules bring gear down to Penitentes from Plaza Guanacos Base Camp upon the ascent, as well as retrieve gear from Plaza de Mulas Base Camp at the end of the Expedition.
All expedition food
Gourmet mountain food from the trailhead to Base Camp including; fresh salad and fruit, meat, fish, eggs, pancakes, and wine (vegetarian menu upon request). All food above Base Camp is quality high altitude food.
- New or current season Mountain Hardware tents, double, triple, and quadrupal occupancy..
- New or current season MSR XGK-EX stoves - 6 to 8 per expedition plus stainless steel pots.
- State of the Art Base Camp set up with Mountain Hardware cook tent, roll-up tables, chairs, etc. Base Camp is deluxe!
- Professional Medical Kits to Base Camp, high altitude medical kits above Base Camp.
- Guides are equipped with state of the art radios.
- Unlimited use of Satellite phone to our clients (plenty of battery time for you to call anytime - per minute fee will apply).
- Pulse Oximeter, oxygen saturation levels monitored daily to check for proper acclimatization.
- Gamow Bag, a Hyperbaric Chamber stationed at Base Camp.
On call 24 hrs a day. We have several medical doctors on call during the entire expedition to answer medical questions.
Helicopter rescue contract
We have a contract with a local helicopter company for direct medical evacuation to the best hospital in Santiago, Chile or Mendoza, Argentina.
Expedition update by e-mail to family and friends every few days.
Discovered, named and guided almost exclusively by Aventuras Patagonicas. The GUANACOS VALLEY ROUTE is a beautiful route to climb Aconcagua. Presently access to the lower Guanacos Valley is closed by the Aconcagua Park Authorities. Our Ameghino Valley / Upper Guanacos Traverse route is an alternative to the Guanacos Valley route. if access to the lower Guanacos Valley is reopened we will let you know.
For Normal Route and Ameghino Valley routes only (not available for Guanacos Valley expeditions).
Aventuras Patagonicas baseball cap and summit certificate
You will get in Mendoza at the beginning of the Expedition a high quality baseball cap with the Aventuras Patagonicas logo on it and each member gets at the end of the expedition a Summit Certificate as well.
Post-Expedition Logistical Support
including flight re-scheduling, reservation changes, travel arrangements, ideas / solutions in the event that the expedition finishes ahead of schedule.
Cost does not include
- Round trip airfare: Between Mendoza and your origination point.
- Meals in Mendoza: (All breakfasts and dinners in Penitentes are included).
- Personal equipment: (We have a limited amount of gear available for rent, such as, sleeping bags, parkas, boots, ice axes, and packs.)
- Rescue expenses: or extra expenses for early departure from the expedition, such as unscheduled mules, etc.
- Climbing permit: You will pay for your climbing permit, in Mendoza, accompanied by your guide.. This is a very easy process. Your guide will accompany you to get your climbing permit at the park service office. It is simpler for us for tax purposes and cash handling overseas. These prices reflect last year's permit fees and are subject to change.
- Low Season: Nov 15 to Nov 30 and Feb 21 to Mar 15: 1200 Pesos Arg / approx $303 USD
- Mid Season: Dec 1 to Dec 14 and Feb 1 to Feb 20: 2200 Pesos Arg / approx $555 USD
- High Season: Dec 15 to Jan 31: 3000 Pesos Arg / approx $757 USD
- *Porter fee (If used)
Please NOTE: Many of the above offers could not be offered by local guiding companies. If any other U.S. based guiding company offered as much as we offer, the Expedition would be prohibitively expensive! We are able to make these offers available to you as a result of over 23 years of successful guiding experience on Aconcagua!